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Old 03-12-2016, 05:15 PM   #71
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John,

Awesome news! So the floor mounting brackets from the sofa are different than the recliner brackets? The sofa brackets just clamped over the frame rail and bolted down. No drilling necessary. Is drilling the recliner frame required or you just did it for added mounting strength?

And yeah by the way my interior color scheme is different than yours ours is Sunset something....
Yes, they are different, and yes, the sofa brackets just clamped over the new braces I installed on the recliners. Four new braces will come with your recliners and center section. Yes, I did drill the holes into the existing recliner framework to install the new recliner braces. Can't say with any certainty that what I did was correct, but everything worked perfectly, so I can't be too far off the bubble!

The four braces coming with your recliner have a U-shaped piece at each end (at 90 degree angles), and these already have holes punched into them. I did not, however, see any corresponding holes in the existing framework on the recliners, therefore, I drilled the holes and bolted the new braces in place. There's only one way they can go, so it's all very intuitive.

The sofa brackets fit over the new braces like a hand in a glove -- exact fit -- and the the threaded inserts already in the floor line up with the slots in the sofa brackets. Everything came together perfectly.

Let us know how your installation goes, and maybe you'll discover something I missed with what I did and you'll find an easier way.

If you do drill, you'd better have at least two 1/4" bits on hand, preferably carbide (17/64" will work, too). Williamsburg uses hardened steel in their furniture, and even a new bit will be dulled in no time.

You'll love the change, as you already know!
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Old 03-12-2016, 05:43 PM   #72
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John,

Thanks so much for the update! If you get a chance is it possible to get a quick picture of one of the four brackets mounted in position? I'm more curious to see it than anything. Sounds like a little time involved but it's worth it!

I should have mine by mid-week or so. Not sure when I will get a chance to install them.
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John,

Thanks so much for the update! If you get a chance is it possible to get a quick picture of one of the four brackets mounted in position? I'm more curious to see it than anything. Sounds like a little time involved but it's worth it!

I should have mine by mid-week or so. Not sure when I will get a chance to install them.
I'll be happy to, but it may be a couple days before I get you a photo. We're currently traveling, but not by motorhome, darn it!
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Mark, the motorhome is back in storage, but here's one photo, albeit not great -- just too dark in there, but you'll get the idea.

You can see the bracket and bolt from the original couch, and that bolt is holding down the bracket that came with the recliners. At the end of that bracket is the U-Shaped weldment, and you can see the head of one of the two bolts I used to mount each side of the bracket to the chair rail.

The second couch bracket and bold are hidden from view, but on the same side. As I stated, I don't know if they is how Coachman intended the new braces to be used, but it works perfectly.

As you will see when they arrive, the two recliners do NOT sit flatly on the floor on their own; the tilt mechanism hangs down, and the new bracket, and the way I added them, allows them to sit dead level. Too, without the new brackets, the footrest would NOT clear the floor -- not the floor of the slide, but the motorhome floor. The new brackets provide the necessary clearance.

Wishing you great success! John
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John,


Perfect!! Thanks a lot for the pic! I see exactly what you are talking about now!
So the black chair rail that goes from left to right (in the picture) with the nut on the top is already assembled to recliner base?


Thanks again and I should be getting mine in a few days!
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Perfect!! Thanks a lot for the pic! I see exactly what you are talking about now!
So the black chair rail that goes from left to right (in the picture) with the nut on the top is already assembled to recliner base?


Thanks again and I should be getting mine in a few days!
Yes, it is.
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Old 03-19-2016, 04:34 PM   #77
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John,

Got the recliners Friday and had no issues getting them home. They were packaged very well. They are the exact same material as the rest of the RV and match perfectly. I agree these are much more comfortable than the sofa!

Now hopefully this won't piss you off....ha ha....I did NOT have to take the sides off to get them in the door of the RV. Wife and I kind of angled them the right way in the door entry and they went right in with the sides on. The more I thought about you spending time and curse words removing the sides, I couldn't imagine Coachmen would have to remove the sides when they installed them at the factory. It was a tight fit through the door but they went in pretty easy.

Thanks for tips on the mounting brackets and the use of the 1/4" bolts. I drilled the holes as you did and ran to the hardware store for the bolts and nuts. I did put one bolt on the inner brackets just to hold them in place. Everything went into place beautifully and mounting to the slide platform was a piece of cake.

Only thing I did extra was put a couple wood screws into each side of the center console. One on each side. I used the metal bracket on the inner bottom of the recliner frame to the wood on the sides of the console. The console had a tiny bit of side to side play and I didn't like that. Now the whole thing is VERY secure and looks exactly how it came from Coachmen.

Wife is thrilled since this was her idea to swap them out and she loves them. All in all a great addition to the RV.
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They look great, Mark, and glad you were able to avoid removing the sides -- guess I should have tried a bit harder, but now others will know that there's an easier way.

Come on warmer weather!
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hello my name is mark I too have a 2014 319ds and today I ordered a duel recliner from rv surplus in Indiana for 1190.00 excluding shipping do I need the hardware brackets or bolts to assemble the 3 pieces I asked Vicki at rv surplus and she said nothing comes with it.will my brackets from my sofa fit , I wouldn't think so . Vickie said 2 men ordered a set of recliners 1 from ohio and iowa I thought maybe they were you
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Mark,

Yes Badlands and I are the ones that ordered the recliners. Save your brackets from the sofa and reuse them on the recliners. Pretty easy as long as Coachmen didn't change any of the mounting hardware from 2014 to 2016. Badlands and I both have 2016's. I doubt they changed anything with the mounting.

You will have to drill some holes to the brackets they send you. I believe Badlands describes this earlier in this thread.
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